Chicago native Z Money has recently released his project, Shawty Paid, that got everyone bopping their heads. With his hit single, “Wealthy,” we all are wanting to be that plus more; but he was hinting what he had in store of what the project will sound and be. In case you didn’t know, he will star in a Netflix film, BEATS, with Anthony Anderson and Khalil Everage that will release next month. We have caught up with Z and discussed his relationship with Gucci Mane, the joint project, ZTM, with ChaseTheMoney, and what is in the future with him this year.
RESPECT.: How did you get your artist name?
My real name is Z. Money of course follows by it. I stuck with it and defined my brand name.
RESPECT.: Did you see yourself becoming a rapper?
Starting out, I seen myself getting a label and signing upcoming hip-hop artists onto it. The rappers I was wanting didn’t sound like me. In 2014, I started with my own flow.
RESPECT.: With your mixtape that was released, Shawty Paid, what was the reason behind the name? How did you come up with it?
The hood. When I made my first Instagram back in 2011, I had gotten the name. In 2012, I went by Shawty Paid before my rapper name Z Money.
RESPECT.: Tell us what your definition of the track “Wealthy” is and how it is an important song.
I wanted to get my fans ready. I love the intro of the song, and it had went with the track.
RESPECT.: What is your relationship with you and Gucci Mane? Will there be a collaboration tape?
We talk often and send music to each other. He is more than a brother. There will definitely be a tape coming soon with us.
RESPECT.: How did you and Chase collab with ZTM? How did it come about?
I didn’t plan it. I had seen Chase in Atlanta and we both were talking and he was saying let’s do a collaboration and we made it happen. Ever since then, we had made a song everyday. The guy, who made the animation for the project, was planning it out while we were recording the tape. We made the tape in about three to four days. On the last day, we recorded “Two 16s.”
RESPECT.: Will there be ‘ZTM2 ‘in the future?
That is definitely coming soon! It will be a whole different vibe!
RESPECT.: Will you, Valee, and Chase be on one project?
RESPECT.: As Ye paved the way for Chicago with his 808s and rhymes, who was your inspiration?
My father is my first inspiration, street dudes, Gucci Mane, Jay-Z, and Gotti.
RESPECT.: Define RESPECT.
Loyalty. Stand by the man of your word by achieving things and staying with it.
RESPECT.: If a fan came to your show and hasn’t heard any of your music, what would you put on to make them a fan?
I prefer “Stove On” off of ZTM because it such a vibe and the song let you know how it flows and how I come across.
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